2011 Award Winners GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR 2011

Ivyleigh House - Portlaoise, Co Laois

Guesthouse of the Year 2011 - Ivyleigh House Portlaoise County Laois Ireland  “This historic house was sympathetically renovated by the current owners, Jerry and Dinah Campion, before they opened it as a guesthouse in 1999 – and the wonderful thing about this guesthouse is its consistency and the owners’ sustained enthusiasm, high standards and hospitality over the years.

It was a first visit for this year’s assessor, who was bowled over by the genuine welcome (‘Jerry was obviously expecting me and seemed delighted to see me!’), the lovely rooms and traditional furnishings, high level of comfort, immaculate maintenance and housekeeping and terrific value.

It’s a tough time for guesthouses competing with cheap hotels, and it’s worth highlighting the fact that well run small establishments give a fantastic service for a very moderate charge – something that is clearly appreciated by the many regular visitors to Ivyleigh House.”

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Ivyleigh House

Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
This lovely early Georgian house is set back from the road only by a tiny neatly box-hedged formal garden, but has a coachyard (with parking), outhouses and a substantial lawned garden at the back. It is a listed building and the present owners, Dinah ...

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